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Jose Mourinho identifies three defensive targets

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Manchester United might be focusing on getting the Paul Pogba deal over the line, but that’s not to say that that will be the end of their transfer business.

New boss Jose Mourinho has had an incredibly productive summer so far, bringing in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

In other words, he has strengthened the Red Devils’ front line, the centre of defence, and midfield.

According to the Sunday Times, however, Mourinho still has major concerns about his lack of depth at the back.

United’s most experienced defender is 26-year-old England international Chris Smalling, and the Special One fears that lack of leadership could cost his side this season.

With that in mind, he has identified three possible targets, reports the newspaper: Ezequiel Garay, Jose Fonte and Leonardo Bonucci.


Fonte will be a familiar face to Premier League fans, as he is the rock at the heart of Southampton’s defence. Bonucci, of course, is currently with Juventus, while Garay plies his trade with Zenit St Petersburg.

Bonucci would undoubtedly be the marquee signing of those three, but Fonte’s experience of playing in England makes him a strong candidate too.

Either way, don’t be fooled by Mourinho. Pogba’s unlikely to be the end of his squad-strengthening, as there’s still plenty of work to be done at Old Trafford.

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